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It was a pretty ordinary effort on my part.
Andre Agassi cruised in his opening-round match in the Salem Open today, breezing to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Italy's Gianluca Pozzi.

Agassi is in the tournament as a wild-card entry, but was seeded third.

Second-seeded Patrick Rafter of Australia was ousted in his first match by German Bernd Karbacher 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.

Rafter, the two-time defending U.S. Open champion, blamed his loss on poor serving in the hardcourt event.

"It was a pretty ordinary effort on my part. The court conditions were very difficult and it was very hard to see the ball. I also found nothing on my serve," said a dejected Rafter.

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April 20, 1999

Davis Cup April 2-4
Patrick Rafter-Wayne Black
6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2
Patrick Rafter-Byron Black
6-4, 7-6, 6-2
Zimbabwe-Australia 1-4

ATP Tour Matches
The Lipton Championships
Patrick Rafter-Nicolas Kiefer
6-7, 4-6

ATP Tour Singles Rankings
01 Pete Sampras USA
02 Carlos Moya ESP
03 Yevgeny Kafelnikov RUS
04 Richard Krajicek NED
05 Alex Corretja

ATP Tour Doubles Rankings
01 Paul Haarhuis NED
02 Mahesh Bhupathi IND
03 Leander Paes IND
04 Jacco Eltingh NED
10 Patrick Rafter AUS

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